I’m Shelley, an American transplant to the west of Ireland who loves sewing and quilting. Originally, this blog was intended only for business purposes. I wanted to chart my progress as The Crafty Academic. As usual, though, life sends us a few wobbles. In May 2016, I was diagnosed with a tumour that requires brain surgery. (EEK!!) Now, I’m combining my business with my life (I know, not the smartest marketing plan!) because I want my eclectic interests in one spot. I intend to entertain and educate you about quilting, about theatre, and about brain surgery!